The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Angst and anticipation: how will traditional information services fit in the new information age?

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (1995), 19, (3), 184–188.

Abstract

Information, long the domain of scholars, small publishing houses, government agencies, associations, and not-for-profit organizations, has become big business. The US government speaks of building information highways and infrastructures to support a shift from an agricultural and manufacturing society to a culture based on information flow. Publishing companies increasingly are owned by a few large media conglomerates. Information services are becoming one with consumer electronics appliances, cable TV, and telephone service. ‘Online’ is a household word. Though the members of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) played a prominent role in launching the modern information era more than 20 years ago, it is by no means clear how they will fit into the information economy that is emerging now. This paper examines the factors that will influence and determine the roles that NFAIS members will play in the coming Information Age.

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Dunn, Ronald G.